AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18) Refrain from overspending on entertainment or luxury items. You'll find you're detail oriented today. You'll find love and you'll get into tiptop shape at the same time.
CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19) Don't blow situations out of proportion. Acceptance is the key. Entertainment could be pleasing if it is of an energetic nature.
CANCER (June 21 - July 22) Sudden disruptions will cause upset and a change of routine in your home environment. Rest and relaxation may be required; minor health problems will prevail if you don't watch your diet. Be careful to avoid wrong doings.
LEO (July 23 - August 22) Don't make those you live with feel unloved or unworthy. Keep your cash in your pocket and offer them sound advice rather than your financial assistance. You need to make your lover feel wanted, not like a piece of the furniture.
PISCES (February 19 - March 20) Emotional upset may prevail on the domestic scene if you have neglected your duties or your mate. Entertain those who can provide you with valuable information and knowledge. Be aware that you might be at fault as well.
GEMINI (May 21 - June 20) Changes in your home may be disruptive and upsetting. Most partner problems are a result of both people not living up to their promises. Be sure to get involved with those who can introduce you to unusual forms of entertainment.
TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) Take time to listen to children and help them with projects that seem impossible to them. Be cautious while traveling to foreign countries. Do not yield to children or relatives when they really don't deserve it.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21) You will learn a great deal from the foreigners you meet. Do your work at home, if you can. Someone may be trying to make you look bad. Self-improvement projects will payoff in more ways than one.
SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Avoid letting family get involved in your personal life. Uncertainty about your relationship is prevalent. Your involvement with groups will raise your self esteem.
LIBRA (September 23 - October 22) Misunderstandings at work could easily lead to your demise. Your attitudes are changing rapidly. Get involved in groups that will help you meet established individuals.
VIRGO (August 23 - September 22) Put your emotional energy into passion not anxiety Plan to get out and do a bit of travel. Do something special for them.
ARIES (March 21 - April 19) You may be sensitive concerning friends and their situations. You can get a lot done if you get your hands on the right equipment. You can make a serious attempt at quitting those bad habits that you've picked up over the years.
A young woman had done quite a bit of reading and some solitary practice, and felt the Wiccan Path was where she belonged. After some time, she felt she was ready to expand her Craft understanding by studying with a teacher. She had finally found someone who had offered to teach her, but she wasn't entirely comfortable with the idea. He assured her that he was a Lord High Purple Robe Something-or-Other, and therefore well-qualified to be a teacher, but this "assurance" didn't make her more comfortable.
Well, just offhand, I'd say the guy sounds like
a black magician
I've run into people who sounded like him -- claiming all sorts of ooga-booga-type titles, etc.
Some of those were just harmless nut cases, but others were genuinely dangerous (in the sense of physical danger, and sometimes spiritual/magical danger as well).
There are many things that can be said about the ethics and relationships of teachers and students, but one of the most important is this:
Magical training forges a permanent karmic link between teacher and student.
Therefore, you should exercise caution and judgement when deciding to apprentice with any teacher: their problems, as well as their skills and strengths, will naturally, through the karmic link, tend to get passed along to you. Thus, you want to choose a teacher whom you respect as a person, AND who has a reasonably good control over her/his life.
Some things you might want to think about:
Does this person have a healthy sense of her/his own identity? That is, does s/he seem to have both an honest appreciation for herself and an honest awareness of her weaknesses? (We all have them, and anyone who can't accept that fact will tend to trip themself up.) Does s/he like herself, yet have reasonable humility? (If the phrases "power-tripper", "doormat", "egomaniac", "paranoid" or "perpetual victim" apply, the answer is probably no.)
Does this person handle their life, including the annoying aspects of mundane reality, in a reasonably balanced manner? The inner and the outer often mirror each other, and a person who is continually in crisis mode is not exercising their magic to good effect. This doesn't mean that a Witch should necessarily be rich, or free of problems, or otherwise above the daily work of living; but a Witch should not live habitually in self-generated crisis.
Do you WANT to share this person's karma, or would you hope that, er, not too much of it would rub off, thank you?
Isaac Bonewits devised this handy little tool. The higher the score, the more dangerous a group is likely to be. Bonewits deliberately omits any numerical scoring system, preferring to leave it more to intuition:
The Advanced Bonewits Cult Danger Evaluation Frame
Copyright c 1987 by P. E. I. Bonewits. Used by permission.
Note: The current version of the ABCDEF may be found at Isaac Bonewits' website: http://www.neopagan.net/ABCDEF.html.
Rate each of the following from 1(low) to 10(high)...
___ Internal control, amount of internal political power exercised by leader(s) over members.
___ Wisdom claimed by leader(s); amount of infallibility declared about decisions.
___ Wisdom credited to leader(s) by members; amount of trust in decisions made by leader(s).
___ Dogma, rigidity of reality concepts taught; amount of doctrinal inflexibility.
___ Recruiting, emphasis on attracting new members; amount of proselytizing.
___ Front groups, number of subsidiary groups using different names from that of the main group.
___ Wealth, amount of money and/or property desired or obtained; emphasis on members' donations.
___ Political power, amount of external political influence desired or obtained.
___ Sexual manipulation of members by leader(s); amount of control over sex lives of members.
___ Censorship, amount of control over members' access to outside opinions on the group, its doctrines, and/or its leader(s).
___ Dropout control, intensity of efforts directed at preventing or returning dropouts.
___ Endorsement of violence when used by or for the group or its leader(s).
___ Paranoia, amount of fear concerning real or imagined enemies; perceived power of opponents.
___ Grimness, amount of disapproval concerning jokes about the group, its doctrines, or its leader(s).
There's no shame in learning from books, either; and most good teachers will expect you to have read a few. There are many excellent books available. Some of the standards include:
The Spiral Dance by Starhawk.
This one's her basic book, and recommended before her others, which are also good.
Anything by Doreen Valiente or by Janet and/or Stewart Farrar.
These are particularly valuable for their English Traditional background.
Real Magic by P.E.I. Bonewits.
This little book is entertaining, informative, and very useful from a practical standpoint.
Should you be near a good library, you might also like to take a stroll through the Oxford Classical Dictionary -- starting with the entry for "magic" and going from there.
Well, I hope my comments have been useful. Best wishes for spiritual and personal fulfillment.